20 March, 2017 - 00:00

Why are you standing to become an East Lothian councillor?

I feel I can make a difference, and get a better deal for Musselburgh. Too often we’re overlooked or not listened to, and it’s time East Lothian Council had a fresh voice for Musselburgh getting issues such as housing, public health and our environment higher up the agenda.

What’s the best thing about your ward?

Musselburgh has it all. We’re well connected by bus to hop into the city but it’s also easy to explore rural East Lothian. In the town centre we have some great wee shops, not to mention two great sources of ice cream! We have some lovely outdoor spaces such as the River Esk, Fisherrow Sands and Levenhall Links. And the Burgh School is a great wee school.

What are your priorities if elected?

Clean air and a vibrant high street to help my town thrive. Investment in our schools so teachers have the resources they need. 20mph speed limits to ensure safe streets for all. Housing in the right place. Local nature reserve status for Levenhall lagoons. Investment at Fisherrow harbour and beach to make it the asset it should be. Webcasting of council meetings so people can see what their councillors get up to!

Who inspires you in life?

My two grans. My dad’s mum, Betha Rose, was a primary teacher at Ormiston during the 70s, 80s and 90s. She gave me a love of knowledge. I miss her loads. My mum’s mum, Margaret Davidson, was a dinner lady in Tranent for many years. She gave me my love of hearty food! I do enjoy cooking at home. I visit Gran regularly - her fudge is legendary!

What qualities would you bring to the job?

I’m a can-do guy. So often we hear from the council or councillors why something can’t be done but there’s always a way. I don’t give up easily. I want to serve my community as best I can, and I hope I’ve shown over the years how much I care for Musselburgh through the community campaigning I’ve done.

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